Watch: Incredible drone footage of Ireland's 'best known humpback whale' off the coast of Cork

Watch: Incredible drone footage of Ireland's 'best known humpback whale' off the coast of Cork
Humpback whale photographed near Courtmac - Picture Credit: Christopher O'Sullivan TD.

A West Cork based whale and dolphin watching tour company has posted incredible footage of a humpback whale feeding off the coast of Cork.

Atlantic Whale & Wildlife Tours, located in Courtmacsherry, took to social media to share the drone footage caught by local man, Sean Maxwell. 

The clip shows 'Boomerang' - Ireland’s best known humpback whale, according to Cork South-West TD and whale watching guide, Christopher O'Sullivan.

"Rare drone footage of a humpback whale feeding near Courtmacsherry, West Cork," Atlantic Whale & Wildlife Tours wrote on Twitter.

"Today's trip was one that will live long in the memory. 

"We followed Boomerang for 20 minutes. He eventually located a huge bait ball," the company continued. 

Mr O'Sullivan added that it was an "epic day on the water". 

Boomerang, who is "instantly recognisable by his bent over dorsal fin" has been returning to the West Cork waters for almost 20 years. 

Humpbacks, known as the "acrobats of the whale world", are just one species of whale which return to the West Cork coast each summer to feed.

Minke and fin whales are also commonly sighted at this time of year.

In recent weeks, Atlantic Whale & Wildlife Tours have posted a slew of videos to social media showing multiple sightings of whales and dolphins.

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